We invite you to become part of the process!

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From the inspiration to the sketch

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to the wax models

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Then the casting party

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To the final product

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an heirloom to treasure!

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We encourage you to come up with symbols or concepts that are personal to you. Looking at other jewelry can be inspiring, but anything that evokes the sense of your personal style—fabric, sculpture, paintings, and photographs—is what we’re after. We build each piece from scratch, a true custom and unique work of art.

From sketches and scribbles, we will make up a wax model that shows us a “lay of the land.” This leads to the development of a wax model that everyone approves.

We form wax models in multiple ways, using exclusively hand-carved techniques, computer technology, or a mix of both. We take the evolved wax model and encase it in a heat-resistant plaster. Then we bake it, creating a cavity in the plaster that is the exact shape of the wax.

Casting is the most exciting part of jewelry making, and we invite you to join the process. Bring friends and family to your Casting Party and celebrate the occasion together as you hold the torch and melt the gold yourself. This is possible for all jewelry made of white, yellow or rose gold. After casting, we typically need a week’s time to polish the piece and do any stone setting and finish work. This is how we create jewelry that is a unique expression of your life.

At Goldmine Design we create our custom jewelry in 18k white and yellow gold, 14k rose gold, palladium, platinum, and titanium. All of our precious metals are 100% recycled content. We’re proud to help you recycle your own metals and reset your own gemstones into new pieces. We offer Sri Lanka sapphires, conflict-free diamonds, and a variety of gemstones produced from low-impact mining with fair labor practices. We borrow these gems and diamonds in from our suppliers, and choose them with you, returning what we don’t care for. Purchasing stones individually in this manner is the best way to pick the very best from a high quality selection.

Who we are

The genesis of Goldmine was John Winters, who started the business in 1972 and opened our current location, just south of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, in 1994. Then in 2007, Cindi Hansen took ownership from her longstanding partner—though John still often pops in to visit with customers, many of whom have been with us since those early days. In 2009, Mary Elizabeth joined Cindi to lend her then 16 years of custom jewelry experience, and she hasn’t wanted to leave since.

We are also blessed to have Susan Stein here as well, as a guru of sales, paperwork, and all things organizational.

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Cindi

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Mary E

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Susan